"... The build was beyond my expectations in every way ... Your attention to detail borders on obsession or is that a passion for your love of all things HEMI.", Jeff Hamilton
"... The Hemi started and ran flawlessly!! I am the proud owner of a "Hemihaines" built engine. ... A Eddie Haines Hemi will exceed your expectations!!!!", Butch Verbeck
"I have just entered a car show in my area and the talk was, "where did you find that Hemi"? Of course I said, 'It was built by Mr Eddie Haines himself'.", Jay Kroess
"He is the most Professional, "stick to the word" person, I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with!!", Lee & Karen Prather
"I know and trust Eddie to do the very best job possible. I highly recommend Eddie Haines...", Dewey Parks
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Chrysler's Infamous Hemi V8 engine started production in 1951. We will refer to this engine as type 1. DeSoto and Dodge soon followed with their versions referred to as type 2 and 3 respectively. Type 1, 2,and 3 all have different displacements, as well as low and raised block configurations. In 1964, Dodge reintroduced a new style of Hemi that we will refer to as type 4. Nothing is interchangeable from earlier type (1, 2 and 3) Hemi engines with the new type 4, but they are related.
In 1951, Chrysler introduced their new line of V8 motors, popularly known as the "HEMI", because the combustion chamber was fully machined into the shape of a 1/2 dome or hemi-sphere; This was the first use of the HEMI Engine in an American passenger car engine. The intake and exhaust valves were located on opposite sides of the combustion chamber at 90 degrees to the cylinder bore axis, so separate individual rocker shaft assemblies (two on each head) were necessary to operate and control all sixteen Intake and Exhaust valves. It also centralized the spark plug location,making the flame travel shorter. This design gave the Hemi, terrific breathing capability. It also gave the combustion chamber, greater thermal efficiency. These engines run cooler because of having a greater surface for heat transfer along with large cooling passages. This design also allowed higher compression ratios, due to its larger volume. Hemi's have two rocker shafts per head and complicated valve train. This process proved to be extremely costly and would eventually exceed production costs. Phasing out the Hemi head in lieu of a much cheaper, Wedge head design was inevitable. Modern HEMI engine are often of a different type and share the HEMI name for branding purposes.
Looking to restore a WEDGE Engine or HEMI engine for one of the popular MOPAR cars during the 1950's through 1970's? You've found the right man for the job. Give Eddie a call to discuss your restoration or repair project. For over 25 years, Eddie has been excited about restoring the original beauty and performance of HEMI engines and American Muscle Cars. The HEMI engine was popular in production cars during the 50's and early 70's in cars and also in racing as one of the fastest engines on the market. Manufacturers such as Chrysler (FirePower Engine), DeSoto (FireDome Engine), Dodge (Red Ram Engine), and Plymouth were in aggressive competition during what is often called the "Horsepower Wars". The Chryster 426 HEMI Engine was so fast in 1964 that in 1965 it was banned from NASCAR races. HEMI Engines have a hemispherical combustion chamber that was great for efficient airflow and torque. The name HEMI has become synonymous with BIG and POWERFUL and these types of engines helped to shape the state of the art in racing and street cars during their time on the market.
Are you restoring a classic car that requires a HEMI or WEDGE engine under the hood, but yours is non-functioning, rusted out and a fraction of its former self? HEMI Haines has seen them all and can help you restore the engine or build a new one that will be to factory specs to make your car the ultimate replica and in like-new condition. Whether its a Barracuda, Charger, Road Runner, Coronet, Challenger, GTX, or another American Muscle Car, HEMI haines can bring it back to its original glory with a restored HEMI Engine that runs like new.